Awards

Prizes & Awards

Past prize committees may be found at TSL prize committees.

TSL Dissertation Prize

The TSL dissertation prize is the oldest dissertation prize, with the first award given in 1970 by a committee chaired by Philip Morse. Dissertations are routinely submitted from around the world on a variety of topics in transportation. Eligible doctoral dissertations are those completed and submitted June 1 of the year previous to the award and May 31 in the award year, in the general area of transportation science and logistics. The award is accompanied by a $500 honorarium. In addition, the winner and the recipient of an honorable mention (if any) each receives a commemorative plaque.

Application Process

Past Winners

Best Paper Award

The TSL Best Paper Award will be given every year to an outstanding paper in the field of transportation science and logistics. The paper must have been published in a refereed journal and must present innovative approaches for solving complex problems in transportation and/or logistics, with an emphasis on operations research and quantitative methods. The award is accompanied by an $800 honorarium.

Application Process

Past Winners

Stella Dafermos Mid-Career Award

We are honored to announce the Stella Dafermos Award in Transportation Science, which will be awarded for the first time in 2022. It is an annual award with a $750 honorarium. There will be at most one recipient each year. We will award this to a mid-career scholar who has made fundamental scientific contributions to transportation science and logistics. To be eligible for the award, an individual must be within 10 and 20 years of having finished their Ph.D. on December 31st of the year that they are nominated. Other considerations when evaluating a nominee for the award include: the impact of their work on practice, their service to TSL, and their involvement in diversity and inclusion-related activities. 

Application Process

Robert M. Herman Lifetime Achievement Award

The Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science is awarded by the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Section to an individual who throughout his or her professional career has made fundamental and sustained contributions to transportation science and logistics, and has influenced the field through her or his writings, teaching, service, and nurturing of younger professionals. The award is accompanied by a $750 honorarium.

Who was Robert Herman?

Past Winners